In an interview with Tages Woche, Roger Federer talked again about his partnership with Stefan Edberg. Here's an excerpt of the interview translated into English.
[...] You have also a veteran on your side, the once elegant Swede Stefan Edberg. Was that an answer to the Becker-Djokovic alliance?
No, the time was more like a coincidence. I had practiced with Stefan in Dubai, as the Becker-Djokovic agreement was not yet clear. I am a risk-averse type who likes to try out new things. And who wants to say of himself: I have tried many things in my career, with interesting and fascinating people. So why not get the input of a player I have admired in his time?
What can Edberg give that Federer doesn't already have?
I don't think in such calculating terms. It's a nice experiment for me. I think it's just wonderful when I'm sitting at the table with Stefan and can listen to his stories. We talk about God and the world, of course, not only tennis. Sometimes I find that unreal: on the other side, that's Edberg, an idol of your youth. And he's only there because of you, wants you to play well. That alone makes me feel incredibly good, it's like a little fairy tale for me. Stefan is a true perfectionist, he wants this job done very well.
Was Edberg surprised when you asked him if he wanted to work as an advisor for you?
Surprise is not the word, it was more of a shock to him. I called him in early December, and Stefan has almost fallen out of his shoes when I told him what I wanted. He then took three or four days to make up his mind, until he said yes. [...]
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